Young centre, Josh Simm has joined Leigh Centurions on a short-term loan.
The move is an initial two-week loan, which will then be reviewed on a week-by-week basis.
Simm, 20, is a Saints Academy product who impressed in 2018 scoring 29 times in just 25 games for the side that just missed out on the Grand Final.
The grandson of legend Geoff Pimblett, Simm then scored an incredible 30 tries in 20 appearances for the Academy in 2019 leading them all the way to the Grand Final. His form was rewarded as he made his first team debut at centre against London Broncos in July 2019.
The exciting prospect is no stranger to Leigh having spent time with the Club on dual-registration in 2019, making four appearances for the Centurions, scoring one try.
Last season Josh returned to Saints and played six times at centre, scoring three tries – a first half hat-trick against Leeds Rhinos.
He has made one appearance so far this campaign.
Saints Head Coach Kristian Woolf said: “We re-signed Josh because we see him as a big part of our future. We recognise that he hasn’t had a lot of opportunity to play over the past few years so this move for him is perfect. He is now given the chance to gain some more regular Super League experience so he can continue to develop as a player.”
Hooker Josh Eaves and forward Matty Foster recently enjoyed short loan spells at the Centurions before both returned to the club – the latter enforced due to injury.
As part of the RFL’s removal of Dual Registration, the minimum length of a loan is now reduced to 14 days (from 28 days) with the rationale to avoid a player transferring to a club for a particular match. This will of course be subject to Lateral Flow Testing prior to entering the new environment and repeat Lateral Flow Testing where necessary.
The Club will monitor Simm’s progress to ensure he receives regular game time at the Centurions.